Y'know, if there's one thing we don't do enough here in "Miscellaneous" (Or TB for that matter) is discuss specfic tunes. I think most people shy away from these topics because they don't know where to post it, wondering if a thread should go in "General instruction" or "Recordings". There are a lot of things we can discuss about songs that really don't relate to either forum, so I propose we discuss them here! For a start, I'd really like to know if anyone here has had any opinions or insight into Jaco's most bewildering composition, Crisis, the opening track of his Word of MouthCD. It was my introduction to him, as I bought Word of Mouth and Invitation on the same day. It was my freakiest musical introduction ever. I'm listening to it right now. It's intriguing, but it makes me anxious and I don't know about you, but I don't exactly go around looking to buy music that makes me feel that way. This tune is definitely something. For those who haven't heard it, Jaco plays this relentless stream of sixteenth notes and the background grooves in a sort of steady chaos, the hi-hat keeps the pulse, while drums and piano play melodic figures here and there under (in my opinion) improvised sax and flute lines that intertwine. Does anyone think Jaco notated this? I doubt it. Next time a newbie posts a "Jaco: what's the big deal?" thread, I'm just gonna say "Listen to Crisis". Another thing that gets me is that, after all this relentless chaos, I feel myself being soothed by one of Jaco's most beautifully arranged and soulful compositions, Three Views of a Secret, which I think is the most beautiful think Jaco ever wrote. (I think it's arguably better than anything Zawinul ever wrote, but I'm biased and it's not a competition.) Back to Crisis: Does anyone else think this is an ominous title? You know, Jaco being troubled by bipolar disorder and all, are "Crisis" and "Three Views of a Secret" reflective of Jaco's different moods? At this stage of his life, he was still pretty together. He must have known something was askew, though. Gifted people have demons and sometimes gifted people feel that they can't have one without the other. So, again, what are your thoughts on "Crisis"? Has anyone tried to transcribe that bassline? is there any coherence to it? Thanks.